PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The city of Portland is a finalist for a $50 million grant to build a street grid to help promote self-driving cars and other alternatives to driving.
The Oregonian reports that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at the South by Southwest Interactive technology conference in Austin, Texas, that Portland and six other cities have been selected as a finalist for the department’s Smart Cities Challenge.
Portland has proposed building street grids with sensors and data transmitters to communicate with connected vehicles. Portland’s proposal aslo includes an app to promote alternatives to driving based on data collected from the grid.
The other finalists are Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Missouri, Denver, Pittsburgh, Austin and San Francisco.